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March 25, 2014

Choice Is Messy. So Be It.

Pondiscio: Belief in creationism troubles me less than a belief in learning styles, for which there is roughly equal scientific support.

February 25, 2014

We 'Choose' for Poor Children Every Day

Meier: You and I-or some other somebodies-are deciding the future of "other people's children" unless we provide ways for "them" to have a voice, a vote, and the resources to decide their own future.

February 20, 2014

Running the Wrong Race

Pondiscio: I resist the facile temptation to conflate testing with all that is wrong with American education. Testing did not destroy schooling. It revealed the rot and complacency within too many schools.

February 18, 2014

Thoughts From Detroit About Schools

Meier: Our schools are a symptom of something that affects all our institutions. It neither starts at school nor can end there.

February 13, 2014

Schools 'Where Everybody Knows Your Name'

Pondiscio: I would argue that the most important thing for educators to get right is school tone and culture.

February 11, 2014

When 'Pretty Good' Schools Aren't Enough

Meier: I believe the cards are so stacked against children in poverty and children of color that "pretty good" or "good enough for my own kids" will not make it for them.

January 23, 2014

If Not College, Then What?

Pondiscio: You don't like "college prep," but how do you feel about "work prep?" About independence prep?

January 21, 2014

Preparing Kids for More Than College

Meier: I personally hate the term "college prep." I want our students to be prepped for the real world, and I hope colleges do, too. On the whole, the thing that best helped us get kids into colleges were the kids themselves. They were unusually well prepared to carry on a conversation with adults in a thoughtful and lively way.

January 16, 2014

Pulling the Levers of Power

Pondiscio: None of these activities are as important as the message they send to the predominantly low-income kids of color we serve: your voice matters, and you have a duty to use it.

January 14, 2014

The Hidden Curriculum

Meier: What is obvious to me about the schools that work well is that the students and their families have overcome the "us" vs. "them" pattern.

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